Brief interventions to promote safer drinking (1 day)

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Quick Overview

This course is suitable for professionals who are not specialists in alcohol but encounter people with drinking problems in their everyday working life. It includes information on alcohol and suggestions how to recognise an alcohol problem and intervene sensitively.

When delivered in-house the course is adapted to meet the needs of the group and the context in which they work.

By the end of the course aprticipants will be able to;

  • Dispel some common myths about alcohol
  • Describe and explain the benchmarks for sensible drinking
  • Describe the difference between heavy regular use and intoxication
  • Discuss the connection alcohol might have with presenting problems
  • Explain why alcohol is a broad health and social concern
  • Ask helpful questions to open discussions about alcohol
  • Access screening tools relevant to their own situation
  • Use their enhanced information base on referral options for people who need extra support
  • Describe one way they could improve their practice of brief interventions and make an action plan to facilitate this

Brief interventions to promote safer drinking (1 day)

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Pip Mason
Pip is a nurse, trained in cognitive-behavioural approaches to counselling people with addictions problems. She is co-author (with Steve Rollnick and Chris Butler) of Health Behavior Change, A Guide for Health Professionals and author of numerous training packages relating to substance use, counselling and health promotion. Pip is a member of the international network of motivational interviewing trainers.


The Beeches Management Centre
3 miles from Birmingham City Centre within easy reach of motorway networks and a taxi journey from either Birmingham New Street Station or Birmingham International airport. It is set in 5 acres of grounds in leafy Bournville and a short walk away from Cadbury World! There is full disabled access. For people travelling from afar residential facilities are available at an extra charge, in en-suite rooms with telephone and TV. Contact The Beeches to arrange this (0121 433 3311). Visit their website.

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